Better Process Control School In-Person

Our next Better Process Control School will be held February 8th - 11th, 2022.   has been cancelled due to CoVID-19 spread and logistical concerns.  

Registration is $825.00 per person.  

In-Person Event - CoVID procedures

We follow the campus guidance below.  Even though this event is not expected to have 100 or more people attend, we will follow the entrance requirement for an indoor event with hosted food and beverages. 

From the above guidance:

Vaccination/Testing Requirements

  • All course attendees are required to complete a Daily Symptom Survey prior to entering facilities on campus.  This must be done every morning for each person - all four days of the course. 
  • On day one: Non-UC Davis (BPCS attendees) will be asked to show:
    • Their CDC Vaccine Card (phone image acceptable) or digital vaccine record from the State of California OR 
    • A negative COVID-19 test result from the last 72-hours. (must be a lab/PCR test; home tests/antigen tests are not valid) 
  • We will not retain your vaccination / test records, but only view them.  Please be prepared to show them to help keep everyone safe. 

Guidance on Face Coverings

  • As of July 28, 2021: Everyone is required to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status.  This is a hosted event with catering, so indoor eating/drinking is permitted.  When not actively eating/drinking indoors, please keep your mask in place.  We will also have some outdoor tables set up, and we encourage attendees to use those during lunch for added safety. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear a face covering outdoors in crowded spaces. 

BPCS Agenda - 2022

Other options for BPCS at other institutions or online

What is the BPCS?

The Better Process Control School (BPCS) was established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for operating supervisors of commercial food canning operations. It is approved by the FDA and the California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch. The UC Davis Better Process Control School is offered in conjunction with the Consumer Brands Association, the largest trade association serving the food and beverage processing industry worldwide. We also partner with the University of California Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation, who provides an experienced lecturer, and with Covance Food Solutions, who provides another experienced lecturer.

Link to many BPCS Worldwide Courses (PDF 462 KB) (Consumer Brands Association)  

Who Should Attend?

The BPCS was established primarily for operating supervisors, the individual who is in the plant at the time a canned food product is packed and processed. The school is particularly intended for operating supervisors involved in production of thermally processed low acid and acidified foods. Production of these canned foods is covered by FDA regulations.

Instructional materials (books, lectures, examinations) will be given in the English language. Attendees must be proficient in English to attend the school; there is limited ability for instructors to provide additional tutoring should attendees have difficulty comprehending the material.  

Course Instructors

Erin L. DiCaprio, Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension - Microbial Food Safety, University of California, Davis 

Linda J. Harris, Food Microbiologist Specialist, University of California, Davis (School Coordinator and Instructor)

Kurt Wiese, Senior Process Engineer and Process Authority

Mark Deniston, Research Associate, UC Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation

Agency Representatives - from USDA, FDA, California Dept. of Public Health (Food and Drug Branch) and the California League of Food Processors.

Course Agenda 2022

Day One:

  • Introduction (Ch. 1)
  • Microbiology of Processed Foods (Ch. 2)
  • Closures for Double-Seamed Metal and Plastic Containers (Ch. 5)
  • Sanitation for Retorts and Atmospheric Cookers (Ch. 3)

Day Two:

  • Cleaning of Continuous Systems (Ch. 4)
  • Closures for Glass and Twist-off Plastic Containers (Ch. 6)
  • Introduction to Thermal Processing (Ch. 8)
  • Mild Thermal Processes (Ch. 15)

Day Three:

  • Retort Equipment and Operation (Ch. 9)
  • Batch Saturated Steam Retorts: Still and Agitating (Ch. 10)
  • Continous Rotary Retorts (Ch. 11)
  • Still and Agitating Retorts That Process with Overpressure (Ch. 12)

Day Four:

  • Hydrostatic Retorts (Ch. 13)
  • Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems (Ch. 14)
  • Flexible and Semirigid Containers (Ch. 7)
  • Note: Class is scheduled to end about 2:45 pm. on Friday
  • Optional: Tour / Demonstration of UC Food Science & Technology Pilot Plant Facilities (a short walk from the class venue)

Enrollment Fee

The enrollment fee of $825.00 includes all instruction, course materials including the Canned Foods Manual (book), continental breakfasts, four lunches, parking permit, and morning and afternoon coffee breaks. Course materials and parking permits will be handed out on the first day, at the registration table.  We will email you the course agenda/welcome letter ahead of time. 

Refund Policy

In the unlikely event that this course is canceled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, we will fully refund registration fees. 

If you need to cancel after enrolling, for any reason, requests made via email for a full refund, less a $25 processing fee, may be made up until January 25th, 2022.  The credit/refund must be made to the card you used to pay with originally. After that date, no refunds will be given.  If you wish to substitute a person for your spot, please email zgates@ucdavis.edu to arrange.  

No refunds will given for any reason after January 25th, 2022; however, if you are sick, we ask that you not attend.  

Accommodations and Parking

For local hotel information please see the Yolo County Visitor's Guide website. You might find this page helpful as well:  "Welcome to Davis" from the UC Davis Postharvest Center.  Campus parking permits will be available to those attending the class.

When registering, please check the box on the online registration form to indicate that you will need a visitor parking permit.  Please park in Visitor Parking Lots 1 or 2, or the top level of the Gateway Structure (parking ramp).

Parking placards will be handed out at the check-in table on February 8th.  You will have to return to your car and put the placard on the dashboard. 

Directions to UC Conference Center  - Printable Directions

For questions regarding the technical content of the class, contact Linda Harris; for registration information, contact Zann Gates.